Faces of Egypt
Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
23Trip End Ongoing
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Before we arrived in Egypt, we had heard many stories of scams all across the country; tourists getting ripped off by cab drivers, market touts, hotels, pick pockets, even bus drivers. So, as you can imagine we had our guard up initially, and were a little hesitant to put too much trust in any one local. As the trip progressed, sure enough there were touts, hagglers, and children asking for small 'baksheesh' however it only contributed positively to our overall experience. We got a little annoyed with some things at times, but if this is all we can complain about after 3.5 weeks in this great country, then we're blessed to have experienced so much
Egypt's human timeline allegedly dates as far back as 250,000 BC in the lush valleys, before climate change forced hunter-gatherers to move closer to the fertile Nile. From the first Pharoah to unite Lower & Upper Egypt around 3200 BC, through to the construction of the great pyramids in Giza around 2500 BC, and then Thebes (Luxor) becoming capital of ancient Egypt...these facts alone are almost incomprehensible, let alone what happened during the Middle and Ptolemaic Periods. It's literally too much information to digest, and nowhere near enough time to learn everything about the country.
But, it's the people who contributed most to our adventure through Egypt. We've come to discover the Egyptians are a proud nation, regardless of ones profession, academic prowess or age
We end our Egypt chapter with very fond memories. We've had one helluva good time! We open our next chapter from the 'Land of a thousand hills,' Rwanda...
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some of the 'faces of Egypt' we've caputred over the past few weeks.
'No man's life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime. What can be done is to be faithful in spirit to the recordand try to find one's way to the heart of the man...' - Filmmakers of the Gandhi film, 1982.